Stafford College support Girls’ Football Festival at Saint George’s Park

Stafford College support Girls’ Football Festival at Saint George’s Park

Stafford College students with England Lioness footballer Casey Stoney

Students from Stafford College hosted workshops to support the Girls’ Football Festival at Saint George’s Park to help increase participation in sport earlier this month.

The event is organised with the support of Staffordshire FA and is held at Saint George’s Park, the English Football Association’s national football centre.

In attendance were a number of the England Lionesses including Casey Stoney and England Ladies Manager, Mark Sampson.

The free programmes aim is to encourage girls from Staffordshire to participate in football. It was open to girls aged five to 16 years old from primary to secondary school level with more than 300 girls taking part.

Throughout the day students showcased their football knowledge and ability to lead workshops to in front of a range of Football League Community Trusts and participants.

Sports students, who each have their own FA Coaching Awards, ran various football workshops including such as skills, tricks, free style and more formal football coaching topics.

Staffordshire FA is a progressive county football association that works towards providing everybody with equal access to quality football opportunities regardless of gender or ability.

Currently, Staffordshire has 27 female adult teams, 74 female youth teams and 46 fully qualified female referees. 

The organisation has worked with Stafford College for a number of years and last year signed a partnership agreement to support the development of sports students on their qualifications. 

Josh Thompson, a sport student, said: “It was a great experience to be part of the Girls’ Football Festival and to come down to St. George’s Park.

“The event gave me the chance to develop my coaching skills and has given me the confidence to work with large groups of people.”

Tim Grahl, a sports lecturer at Stafford College, added: “We’re able to give our students the opportunity to work externally thanks to our partnership with Staffordshire FA which also supports them in achieving their career goals.”

“Since beginning with us, our students have not only studied their sports qualifications but also their FA Level 1, 2 and both FA Youth modules to help with their progression and employability skills.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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